The efficacy of desperation...
It is happening to the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors. Yesterday it happened in my studio. I do not wish to compare the profundity of these two activities, but I do recognize that desperation drives focus and focus clarifies expression. There are days I have limited time in the studio, for one reason or another. On those days the limited time causes me to focus. It is an artificial kind of desperation, thus very unlike the real desperation of the "We are the 99%" who are calling for changes in America's economic and political structure.
On Fridays I have been spending the morning in a class dedicated to Japanese Film. Yesterday I saw Akira Kurosawa's profound drama, "Rashomon," which unfolds as four witnesses to a rape and murder report their versions of the attack, leaving the viewer to decide what really happened. The descriptions of the same event have more differences than similarities. This idea of dissimilar versions of the same event is expounded by the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors. The lives they have led over the last four years is vastly different from those who obtained financial bonuses as they wended their way through the same period of time. In some ways, my work speaks to this incongruity in living the same event. Yesterday's drawing shows four people in the same room at the same time. Each is experiencing a different emotion, each living dissimilar lives within the same event.
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